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The Purpose Driven Church: Every Church Is Big in God's Eyes Hardcover – November 14, 1995
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HOWEVER, the demerit of the book is its rather shallow Biblical basis. I believe that the five purposes Warren presents are biblical. I believe that the concept of moving people from membership to maturity to ministry to missions is biblical and very, very well developed. And I was impressed to see that Warren's church uses a church covenant and practices church discipline. I simply wish he had given a better biblical defense for these things. There are points where it seems like the author is taking Scripture out of context to defend a point - evidenced by his excessive use of paraphrases of Scripture. He should have used a literal translation and stuck to what the text actually says.
I also highly disagree with Warren's approach to music. He probably goes a bit overboard on the seeker-sensitive side of things, although I admit many of the things he says are non-moral, non-biblical, common-sense issues.
I was helped by reading this book. I have the sense to know that I can't apply everything Warren says in my own church culture and tradition, but there are some things any one can apply. I say, buy this book and read with discernment. As long as you don't make a Bible out of it, you will probably benefit greatly.
As I read Rick Warren's book, the Purpose Driven Church, I thought about this current trend in mission. Whether we like it or not, Rick Warren's Saddleback Church is a church indigenous to Southern California at the end of the twentieth century. Warren has attempted to translate the Gospel into the language of young, suburban professionals. As Paul quoted Stoic poets on Mars Hill, Rick Warren can comfortably quote Peter Drucker and utilize the marketing techniques of Starbucks. Anyone interested doing ministry in this culture can learn something from this book, especially if we take Rick Warren at his word--"Read this book like you'd eat fish: Pick out the meat and throw away the bones" (pg 71).
That being said, there is a danger. As the Gospel is expressed in culture, it must also critique the culture. Our sinfulness is pervasive, and the Gospel should expose the evils of our culture for what they are. Rick Warren subtitles his book, "Growth Without Compromising Your Message and Mission," but on several instances he compromises the Good News to the culture.
For example, we live in a self-segregated society. We routinely segregate white from black, rich from poor, and young from old. The Purpose Drive Church perpetuates these separation by slavishly focusing on target audiences.Read more ›
In the realm of practical theology, Warren excells; the reader can glean many useful principles and techniques. These range from simple acts like using high-wattage lightbulbs and minimizing "dead time" in services to a purposeful analysis of how gifted you are at reaching particular demographic groups (young couples, educated African-Americans, etc.). Most helpful for this reader is Warren's continual emphasis that the church structure must be normed and guided by its evangelism-centered mission statement; Warren shows that as his church grew (and changed), the mission continually guided Saddleback's decisions. This reader very much appreciated seeing the principles outlined in Stephen Covey's "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" and Hyrum Smith's "What Matters Most" applied in a mission-oriented church setting.
Not all in The Purpose-Driven Church was helpful, however.Read more ›
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Excellent book to use in your local church if you're looking to change your focus to a living church. Very practical information. I am using it my own church.Published 1 month ago by Samuel Price
Would highly recommend this book to any believer and church leader who has a heart to help develop people in their walk toward maturity in Christ.Published 4 months ago by Gabriel Franco